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Seeking the Bahama Nuthatch

Seeking the Bahama Nuthatch

2 monthes ago   |   10,000 Birds

Jim Wright is an author and birding columnist. His latest book is The Real James Bond , available as a hardcover, an eBook and an audiobook. For more Bahama Nuthatch...
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Fight for the Wild

Fight for the Wild

2 monthes ago   |   10,000 Birds

The Kea - New Zealand's enigmatic alpine parrot. It may seem strange that I am choosing to write a video review in one of my first ever blogs. It is also strange, perhaps, that...
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A Rare Caribbean Parrot on the Brink

A Rare Caribbean Parrot on the Brink

4 monthes ago   |   10,000 Birds

Jim Wright's latest book is The Real James Bond , the biography of the ornithologist whose name Ian Fleming stole for his secret agent 007. He writes “The Bird Watcher” column...
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Laguna del Lagarto: Bird Photography in Costa Rica at its Best

Laguna del Lagarto: Bird Photography in Costa Rica at its Best

9 monthes ago   |   10,000 Birds

Thanks to steadfast advances in optics and digital cameras, bird photography has become quite the popular way to appreciate birds. Unlike the old days of slide film and...
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Birding crème de la crème: Asia - Corbett to Taman Negara

Birding crème de la crème: Asia - Corbett to Taman Negara

10 monthes ago   |   10,000 Birds

I bought a new rucksack yesterday and the first thing I checked when I brought it home was, how easily my spotting scope with a mounted window clamp fits in - test passed with...
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The Crow's Story

The Crow's Story

10 monthes ago   |   Ornithology

Birds are intelligent, especially parrots and crow relatives - jays, nutcrackers, ravens, jackdaws and others. The Clark's Nutcracker stores conifer seeds in the late summer...
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A Brief History of Parrots

A Brief History of Parrots

11 monthes ago   |   Ornithology

I read about a parrot that testified in court against the wife of his owner. The wife shot her husband and the parrot heard “don't shoot, don't shoot” which it repeated in...
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Parrots in My Costa Rican Neighborhood

Parrots in My Costa Rican Neighborhood

One year ago   |   10,000 Birds

Costa Rica is a country situated well south of the Tropic of Cancer and like most places without a winter, parrots are an essential part of the local avifauna. With 18 species...
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A.A. Badenhorst Family Wines - The Curator White Blend (2016)

A.A. Badenhorst Family Wines - The Curator White Blend (2016)

One year ago   |   10,000 Birds

This week's wine is a very easy-drinking white blend from the South African winery A.A. Badenhorst Family Wines. It's going to be a pretty easy post for us, too, as there's not...
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How to See Sunbitterns in Costa Rica

How to See Sunbitterns in Costa Rica

One year ago   |   10,000 Birds

Some birds seem familiar but that's just because they are the ones we grew up with, the birds that were hopping or flying around the neighborhood. The familiar ones, the usual...
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Brown's Brewing Company - Helles Rebuke

Brown's Brewing Company - Helles Rebuke

Many birders find gull identification one of the more difficult aspects of this hobby and classifying gulls when they appear on cans of beer is often no less vexing a problem... Read more ...

Birding Bob

Birding Bob

There's a birdwatcher in Central Park in New York City who calls himself Birding Bob. He leads bird walks in the park for the nominal sum of $10. But according to the New York... Read more ...

Are East Texas Birds Toxic?

Are East Texas Birds Toxic?

Just returned from East Texas a short while ago. Did some birdwatching of course but saw nothing exotic or unexpected, but I was struck by the difference in coloration in East... Read more ...

The First Frontier

The First Frontier

I am reading the The First Frontier by Scott Weidensaul, prolific nature writer and eminent ornithologist. A synopsis of the book reads: “Frontier: the word carries the... Read more ...

The Science of the Syrinx

The Science of the Syrinx

A little anatomy today. In Chicago when I was a kid of about 10, I was sitting on my home's front porch when a parakeet landed on my head, obviously an escapee. A tame and... Read more ...

How Many Birds in the World?

How Many Birds in the World?

According to a recent study*, there are about 50 billion living birds in the world, six times as many as there are people. It was not easy to come up with that figure but the... Read more ...

Birds as Pollinators

Birds as Pollinators

Pollinator Week was June 21-27, 2021. Birds are key global pollinators of wildflowers and ornithophily occurs in more than 60 flower families. Bird pollinators include the... Read more ...

Bird Fossils

Bird Fossils

I have often mentioned that bird fossils are hard to come by, as compared to other vertebrates and hard-shelled invertebrates. It's mainly because they are lightweight and... Read more ...

Avian Home Invasion

Avian Home Invasion

News Nation Now reported via YouTube a story about birds invading homes in southern California in April by flying down chimneys. One pair of homeowners estimated the flock at... Read more ...

Bird Mummies and Genetic Diversity

Bird Mummies and Genetic Diversity

Between 650 and 250 BC the Egyptians killed and mummified Sacred Ibises as sacrifices to Thoth , the Egyptian god of the moon, learning, writing, languages, magic and wisdom... Read more ...